The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, on the eve of the meeting of the ministers of NATO member states, said that the Alliance countries urgently need to increase the production of weapons, because without investment in weapons, it is impossible to win on the battlefield in the long term.
He stated this in an interview with Politico.
"While we fight today, we must think about how we will fight tomorrow," Kuleba said.
The minister said that NATO countries should "start the production of the necessary weapons today."
If that doesn't happen, he warned, we can't win.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, NATO ministers will hold talks in Bucharest, the agenda of which is expected to include the question of how best to support Ukraine.
"The last time I attended the NATO ministerial meeting, I came with three words: weapons, weapons and weapons," Kuleba recalled. "This time, although this request remains absolutely urgent, I will refine it by saying that we need air defenses, tanks and production lines," he said.
The Ukrainian minister noted that officials need to be realistic and rely less on changeable partners.
"We also have to recognize one fact: there are countries in the world that have what Ukraine needs, but they are not going to sell it in sufficient quantities for political reasons," he said.
"Instead of counting on them and spending months to convince them, we need to start production so that... we do not become dependent on the whims of third countries that have the goods in warehouses, but do not want to share them," - he noted. minister.
While praising Ukraine's partners for their contribution to the country's defense capability, Kuleba at the same time did not hide that he would like to see changes in the West's decision-making regarding support for Kyiv.
Ukrainian officials, as well as some of Kyiv's closest allies, have criticized the tendency of some Western governments over the past few months to first express reluctance to provide certain types of support and then gradually change policy as outrage over Russia's behavior grows.
"We have lost too much time - and too many lives, and too many square kilometers of our land. Therefore, I think - I hope - that wisdom will prevail, that everything must be done in time, and it is not necessary to wait for the next tragedy to unfold in order to someone was somehow able to overcome the psychological barriers to making this or that decision regarding Ukraine," Kuleba said.